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Thoughts on NEDAwareness Week 2018

It’s NEDAwareness Week, which means I’ve been thinking about eating disorders, and reflecting on my own experience with an eating disorder and recovery. I’ve also been thinking about the women I met in treatment, as well as how much life has changed since then. I have been in recovery from Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified […]

Writing, Creativity, and Motherhood

The Atlantic published a great article about creativity and motherhood this week. As the mom of an almost-2-year-old, I think a lot about how motherhood has changed me and affected my writing. There seems to be a misconception in popular culture that once a woman gives birth, her writing (or other creative endeavors) suffer. In […]

Silencing Your Inner Censor: Writing Through the Fear

I’ve been working on my novel tonight, and I’ve had a few breakthroughs in terms of character development and character motivation. In the past week or so, I’ve realized that I need to give myself permission to write a story that is weird, dark, profoundly sad, or whatever it needs to be. I had been […]

Thoughts About the Writing Process & Inspiration

Part of why I wanted to start blogging again is because I enjoy writing about the writing process. Some writers prefer to keep their writing life private, but I find that writing about writing and talking about writing is energizing. I’m going to write about what inspires me, and sets the tone for my writing […]

I Am (Tentatively) Back

It’s been over two years since I last wrote a blog post, but I’m tentatively coming back here, as I’ve been thinking more and more about writing, my experience with writing and publishing Purge: Rehab Diaries, and having a film option on my book fall through. Life has changed so much since I regularly wrote […]

On Hiatus

As you might’ve noticed, this blog (and me) have been on hiatus for awhile. I’m taking a break, mainly because I had a baby in October, and I’m trying to figure out the whole working mom thing. I have some ideas, and hope to work on writing and publishing again soon. Thanks for all your […]

Cami Applequist’s Brilliant Post About the Ghettoization of Plus Size/Women’s Clothes

I love my friend Cami Applequist for many reasons. She was a fabulous roommate, she officiated our wedding, she’s hilarious, bright, kind, and a great person. Cami has been writing a lot of essays lately, and she posted an insightful, funny, and sad blog post about her experience as a plus-size woman looking for some […]

In Praise of Doing What Does Not Come Naturally

Yesterday I went for what might’ve been my last run until the spring thaw. It was a bit blustery at 36 degrees, but it felt so good! I ran a slow mile and then walked another mile, savoring how good it felt to run outside for what might be the last time in a long […]

I Ran My First 5K, and I Wrote About It for The Billfold

Back in late August, I ran the Milk Run 5K at the Minnesota State Fair, and I wrote about the costs associated with running my first 5K for The Billfold. I had a great time running the 5K, and I can’t wait to run it again next year, although my running has dropped off since […]

Summer 2014: Running, Reconnecting, and Reading

It has been a very long time since I last blogged, but I’m back again, at least for now. I’m having a wonderful summer, and I’m looking forward to autumn, and football season. This will be the first time in a long time that I will not be teaching, which is a bit of an […]